State Support

The Department of Human Services provides funding to the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) to manage the CDR program. This funding supports the following:

Technical Assistance and Consultation to Local Teams

Staff regularly attend local review team meetings, assist teams in identifying deaths, accessing information and in organizing and facilitating effective meetings. Staff provide follow-up materials and support to the teams as well as resources on death investigation, services, prevention and procurement of information on specific causes of deaths. CDR staff manage the Child Death Review Reporting System and assist counties in utilizing the online database.

Training for Team Members

The eighth annual Team Member Training was held in May 2004. More than 130 team members attended. Currently, more than 40% of team members have attended the annual two-day training event. All of the trainers are Michigan experts in areas related to child fatalities. 

The Michigan CDR process is a national model because of its focus on the prevention of deaths. In 2001, CDR staff presented at more than 25 national, state and local conferences, meetings and trainings to educate and increase interest and participation in the review process. As a result of this proactive approach, the Michigan CDR program was awarded a grant from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources Services Administration to act as a national resource center for child death review programs. In this capacity, technical assistance was provided to several states in developing or expanding their child death review programs.